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Our Picks + Judas And The Black Messiah

Monday 1 March 2021, by Abla Kandalaft, Coco Green

Highlights this week include the Glasgow Film Festival, entirely online, with its usual strong selection and carefully curated programmes, running from 24 February to 7 March and MLK/FBI is a 2020 American documentary directed by Sam Pollard who co-directed the 1987 doc Eyes on the Prize, which traces the FBI’s investigation of Martin Luther King. Obviously Eyes on the Prize comes up as we discuss our main film of the evening: Judas And The Black Messiahdirected by Shaka King, a powerful and much-needed portrait of Black Panther Fred Hampton and a dramatised account of the BFI’s infiltration of the Black Panthers and subversion of Hampton’s community organising, which eventually led to his assassination. 

We discuss the history and depiction of the Panthers, the concept of a "rainbow coalition", the professionalisation of community organising and the shift from class/race to identity politics. 

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